Which do you choose?

By Nadiya, Zahraa and Maheen

This has been the gossip lately. Which brand is better – Apple or Samsung?

We have decided, as a group, to bring this question to our school and to our classmates. So, to do this, we interviewed some of the students at KHS and have done a quick survey. These are our results:



We also interviewed some pupils on camera. Here are their ideas and their points of why they think the brand they chose is better.


Apple has taken over Samsung based on their customers. In 2013 Apple had 16% (approx.) more costumers then Samsung. The question is: what did Apple do to make their brand more popular? What unique qualities did Apple add to iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c? When Samsung Note 3 came out, (the end of last year) what made only 26% of mobile phone consumers want this interesting device?

To make their brand more popular, Apple makes their quality better. If you drop an iPhone it is very unlikely to break or get damaged, however, if you drop a Samsung it would be very likely for the screen to crack or for the border to get damaged.

Whenever I go on public transport, I find that most people who have a Samsung tend to have a cracked screen. This effects what people think about the product and might not like having to pay more to fix their phone.

When Apple took iPhone 5c and 5s, they made 5c have a variety of different colours, for example: blue, pink, green, yellow, white and black.

The new design of covers suits the colours and makes them look fun and also makes Apple seem unique.


iPhone 5s has new colours, like gold, which many people seem to find attractive – some may even think it looks glamorous or fascinating.

Rivalry between the two brands had intensified even more since both iPhone and Samsung announced they’ll be releasing a new phone –  Samsung are developing flexible phones (with the purchase of Liquivista) and Apple are working on iPhone 6 which, according to industry rumours, will incorporate a curved, transparent screen.

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Typhoon Terror

Image via flickr, courtesy of IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation

By Mossa

Typhoon Terror destroys Philippines and leaves 12,000,000 people in despair.

On the 8th of November 2013 between 03:00 and 09:00 GMT, one of the worst storms in record hit the Philippines and destroyed many people’s homes, schools and most businesses. The typhoon left 5,924 people dead and 1,779 people missing.

The Philippian Government said: “It left entire communities without immediate access to food and water”.

Seven countries including the US and UK have been aiding in the recovery effort which included supplying the Philippines with immediate food and water.

At their peak the relief efforts involved more than 13,400 US military personnel, 66 air crafts and 12 naval vessels.

It has been reported that planes are taking US residents home and leaving behind Philippine children 1-4 miles away to die which is not acceptable.

Even after two months of the initial hurricane, there are still some problems like flooding and missing people.

Image via Flickr, courtesy of USAID U.S. Agency for International Development

The recovery programme

The United Nations Developments programme is supporting the Government of the Philippines to develop recovery plans and restore the local government to enable them to re-establish public services in typhoon-affected regions.

The UNDP will assist the local governments with support, necessary equipment, electricity, water, sewage and waste management.

On 16th January it was reported by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) they have over 100 staff in the Philippines who are providing medicines, nutrition and hygiene supplies to families and children

One of the most crucial tasks is providing safe drinking water and hygiene as damage to water pipes and buildings have been severely damaged. UNICEF have given out water kits for over 350,000 people, and helped restore access to safe water for over 400,000 people.

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What do you think of the new school Catering system?

By Nicole, Arezo, Amina, Shruti

Kingsbury High School, has decided on a new catering system.  After all these years the school will finally own their catering company and will have employed the chefs directly so they will be working for the school instead of another company.

Kingsbury High School had employees working for another company.  This flawless system had been running for many years until it got to the point where Kingsbury High School had some concerns.  The school didn’t like the fact that none of their ideas and improvements for the school canteen was taking place.  This was because the ideas had to go to the head office, and even still the canteen wasn’t changing for the better.  This was the reason why the school decided to employ the chefs.

This new information was announced to the student in assembly; to find out more information on the student opinion journalist, Nicole went to the school to get some students opinions. She interviewed Aaliyah, who regularly purchased lunch from the school canteen. Nicole went to the school on the 9th of December 2013 and sat down with Aaliyah to get some answers.

Nicole, who went straight to the point, asked “Are you pleased with the new ideas for the cateringsystem?”                                                                                                                                 “From what I have heard on the menu in the assembly it sounds great! I really can’t wait to put my hands on those tasty treats.” Replied Aaliyah, enthusiastically.                                 “What day or meal are you looking forward to the most?” asked Nicole, with wonder.           “I think that choose-day will be a great success. I will really try to get my favourite meal on the list!” answered Aaliyah.                                                                                                           “From assembly do you think that the new managers sound convincing?” questioned Nicole.                                                                                                                                           “Yes! They both sounded really convincing that their idea was going to work.  They were both enthusiastic and thrilled to get their ideas to us which made us interested.” replied Aaliyah, excitedly.

On the 27th January 2014, two reporters, Arezo and Amina, went to go and interview Ms Purtill, who works with the head of year 7 and has agreed with the decision of the new catering system.                                                                                                                         Arezo and Amina started off the interview with the question “What benefits does this new change have for the school?”                                                                                                       “The school doesn’t have to deal with another agency and we don’t have to worry about other companies.” Replied Ms Purtill.                                                                                                “Why a sudden change, why not before?” Questioned the interviewers.                                   Ms Purtill replied with the answer “when the catering started there was nobody there to manage the system so the school closed the contract with the company and when there was an opportunity to do our own catering, we tookit.”                                                               “How do you think offering free vegetables will get the children interested in healthy eating?” asked our interviewers,interested.                                                                                     “When the vegetables are available for free it will encourage the children in healthy eating as they will always be willing to try the free vegetables.” Replied Ms Purtill.                           The next question asked was “Who comes up with the ideas for the menu?”                           “The ideas for the new catering system comes from the senior leadership team, they are the ones that come up with the new results.” said Ms Purtill. The interview was drawing to close and the last question that Arezo and Amina asked was “We have heard that there have been complaints about the prices being unreasonable. What do you suggest?”               “I also think the prices aren’t reasonable however the quality and healthiness of our foods compared to outside companies is much higher. Therefore the prices have to be paid for the quality and precautions of the food.” Answered Ms Purtill.

To conclude this report, we think the new catering system is for the better but there are some improvements that can be made. 10 people were asked which catering system they preferred – the old one or the new one.  4 out of 10 people liked the new catering system as they thought the food was higher quality but the rest stated that they didn’t like the new system as they thought that there wasn’t enough variety of food choices for lunch. As most students didn’t approve of the new catering system. Staff are trying their best to make additional changes.

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Nelson Mandela Dies…..

By Laveen, Varshneyan, Jaival and Fawaz

On December 5, 2013, at the age of 95 years, Nelson Mandela, the hero of South Africa sadly died of Respiratory Infection in Houghton Estate, South Africa. He had a long battle with ill health. “A great light has gone out of the world.” tweeted David Cameron, the prime minister of UK.

Rolihlahla Mandela, who got the nickname ‘Nelson’ from his former school teacher, celebrated his 95th birthday in a public hospital. His wife, Graca Machel, is thought to have been by his side when he died.

The African legend spent Nelson Mandelatwenty seven years in Robben Island prison for doing what he believed what was right. He protested in peace so that he could end apartheid but was met with violence. Apartheid, which was established in 1859, was the law that separated different people into ranks based on colour. It affected many people then. It means discrimination. Some people thought it to be childish, just to judge someone on their skin colour. But many people, especially white people, took it very seriously. They had different buses, schools, even different shops for black and white people to shop at.


Image via Flickr, courtesy of G Milner

A number of important people such as: Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama, Prince   William and many more came to his funeral to celebrate the great life that this saint led. Nearly 8,000 miles north of Johannesburg, in Paris, leaders from 53 African countries attending a summit of peace and security observed a minute of silence for Nelson Mandela.

Mandela became president of South Africa on 10th May 1994 after being released from prison on February 11th 1990. He changed the world with what he believed in. South Africa became a ‘Rainbow Nation’, as quoted by Nelson Mandela himself. A nation where people respected each other, no matter what their skin colour may be.

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BBC School Report at Kingsbury High School

Students from this school will be making the news for real on 27 March 2014 as they take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.  In the meantime, take a look at what our students produced last year.

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Celebrity influence

By Janki

Drugs drugs drugs… Is that the only thing teenagers think these days?

Recently, in The Sun newspaper, celebrity Tulisa was reported to have been caught with drugs. As a role model is this the example she should be setting? I think teenagers are influenced by these people and they think it’s cool enough to do it.

Teenagers in Kingsbury are worried about this. A KHS pupil, Sumaya said that she wouldn’t be influenced, but some people could and that they don’t tell anyone about it.

Celebrities such as Tulisa are spreading the disease of having drugs to young youths these days. In an interview with the Sun, she said that she was “an inspiration for broken Britain” and that she was a role model for her teenage fans. Nevertheless, she also mentioned that she had stopped the drug affair when she was 14. If what she said is true, how can she be rumoured to be involved in a drug scandal? It is reported that she was videoed using coded word such as “white sweets” and “green sweets”.

According to HowStuffWorks, in 1999 nearly all of high school students used illicit drug more than once a month. Steroids, Marijuana, Cocaine, LSD, Heroine and Ecstasy are used by teenagers more than once a month. This is disappointing as figures could have gone up since 1999-2013… Teens who take such risks have got alot of issues in their lives and maybe those teenagers should be talked to.

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Slavery: it didn’t end all those years ago…

Image via Flickr, courtesy of Ira Gelb

Image via Flickr, courtesy of Ira Gelb

By Sumaya

On the 19th of June, an article was published by Sky News; it was written that a mentally disabled woman and her son were allegedly kept as slaves for many months by three people who threatened them with snakes and a pit bull dog. She only managed to get away after she stole from a shop, and was gladly welcomed by police, whom she told she’d rather be arrested than go back home. The victims have not yet been named. So, what is this? What is modern day slavery? Refugees sometimes face the same thing, and escape to come here, which is why refugee week takes place. You may ask how it affects us, and more importantly, how does it affect adults and children across the world…

Slavery. Something we all thought was abolished in 1833, with the dawn of a new age. Influential people like Martin Luther and Rosa Parks stood for what they believed in and the people listened. However, no matter how shocking it may seem, slavery still exists all over the world, particularly with children being forced to work in factories. Not only that, but they work in extreme conditions – boiling summer heat, and they are paid so little, they can just about afford daily meals. This puts their health, education, personal and social development, and even their lives in danger. Whatever you may think, slavery is far from over.

Charities are supposed to work endlessly to help solve extreme problems. This is an extreme problem. You may ask just how big this problem is.

The problem is larger and vaster than the mind could even begin to imagine. The international labour organisation is an organisation that promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. They estimate that around about 215 million child labourers are around the world, aged 5 to 17 (2010). This doesn’t even take in to account younger or older slaves or how many there are now over a three year further span – there could be so many more we don’t know exist. Just over half these children are subjected to the worst kind of child slavery. 8.4 million Children are in slavery, trafficking, debt bondage and other forms of forced labour, forced recruitment for armed forces and illicit activities. It is predicted that 70% of these ‘slaves’ carry out unpaid work for their families.

UNICEF, the world’s leading organisation working for children, who work in over 190 countries for children’s rights, survival, development and protection, and are a leading worldwide charity influential on global authorities and decision makers. In an article published on January 10th 2013, they estimated that around 150 million children aged 5 – 14 in developing countries are subjected to child labour, 16% of all children in this age group. ILO estimates that around 215 million children under 18 work across the world, many full time. Although it is suggested that more boys than girls are involved in child labour, 90% of children involved in domestic labour are girls.

They work full time at an early age, with dangerous workplaces, excessive hours and are subjected to psychological, verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Furthermore, they are sometimes forced to work due to the dire circumstances they face, or are pushed by certain individuals. They have limited or no pay, work and live on the streets in terrible conditions, and are unable to escape the poverty cycle as they have no access to an education.

These children are sold across borders and can be used for anything – domestic, laborious, whatever their ‘employers’ or ‘masters’ require. Often, this makes them more vulnerable as they lose contact with their families and are at the mercy of their employers, who, if cruel enough to exploit, manipulate, and deceive a child, may not be the most be the most merciful humans.

According to an interview with the pupils of KHS, in which we asked if they knew any countries it still existed 25% of them said no, while 50% struggled to give an answer.

There are legal charters being made to try and come up with a way to define slavery, and what it is. Is it so important to legalise what we consider to be slavery, or is it important for us to actually go and do something about it, because once a legal document is written, we forget about all the other poor suffering people, children and adults alike, because we don’t consider them to be slaves, because it is up to us to define weather their agony is enough for us to step in. No! It is up to us as people, not a legal document, to define wrong doing, and where we see the need to help, we should help, not try and ponder on whether the anguish is enough for us to step in and try to help. Helping should happen now before it’s too late for us to do anything.

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